L.A. Hand Surgeon Blog

Don’t Overlook Animal Bites: Dog and Cat Bite Hand Infection

With an estimated number of around 77.5 million dogs in the U.S (this data is from 2010 and the new number is probably closer to 100 million), it’s no wonder accidents are bound to happen by organisms that live on instincts alone. Here’s the thing about animal bites: it’s not the actual bite that you […]

Smartphone Use Hand Injuries: Too Smart For Our Own Good?

Perhaps our smartphones are actually too smart for our own good. Our cell phones, now referred to as smartphones, are causing many of us to suffer from repetitive stress injuries. Repetitive stress injuries are exactly the way they sound – injuries resulting from repetitive motions that cause stress to a ligament, tendon, muscle, etc. In […]

Funny Athlete Injuries Involving the Hand

You won’t believe the accidents that happen when you absolutely least expect it. The weirdest thing about it is that these funny hand injuries we are about to list involve professional athletes – people who spend most of their time in the gym or training in an effort to make sure they are in the […]

Injuries Named After Specific Sports

Summer is a time where many of us actively engage in sports of some sort. For good reason too: because sports are a great way to exercise and improve the appearance of your body. There’s no better time to play sports than during summertime when the weather is nice (just be sure to stay hydrated […]

Why does my thumb hurt? – LA Hand Surgeon Defines

Our thumbs are what distinguish us from just about all other species, and it’s a piece of our body that is vital to function. Far often, many people and patients complain of a very broad question: why does my thumb hurt?. This is often asked when the pain is consistent or recurring in patterns. Everyday […]

Why are my fingers locking up? – LA Hand Surgeon Explains

Are your fingers locking up? Do you suffer from a peculiar situation in which your finger(s) become stuck in a bent position that eventually pops back into place? For some this catch and lock position may last a considerable amount of time, often causing pain ranging in severity. This problem is a classic case of […]

Hand Injury Prevention Tips

Whether you’re in front of a computer, drilling away at concrete with a jackhammer, or simply bowling with friends, it’s important to learn a few tips on preventing hand injuries that may save you from years of unknown sources of pain. We use our hands everyday; they’re what make us able to perform work of […]

3 Most Common Sports Hand Injuries

Playing sports should always be encouraged for the physical health benefits offered. As with any sport, accidents may happen. Injuries may happen during the game, or build up over time through the use of extended play. Knowing the 3 most common sports hand injuries could help you increase your chances of preventing injury. Wrist Sprains […]

Carpal Tunnel and Computers

We live in a society where we are exposed to computers at least once a day, spending anywhere from an hour to several hours in front of one. Your hands are constantly typing or operating the mouse to navigate your computer or the Internet. So the question becomes… does repetitive computer usage increase your chances […]

Skier’s Thumb and the Stener Lesion

A common injury when falling on an outstretched thumb, or while skiing is euphemistically referred to as the “Skier’s Thumb” and not so long ago was referred to as the “Games Keepers Thumb”. This injury involves a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament of the metacarpal phalangeal joint of the thumb, resulting in ulnar sided […]